After a sumptuous breakfast in one of our charming Hotels, we will set off to work at various beautiful seaside locations, including the bays of Malaga - with their emerald and turquoise seafronts, as well as the brightly colored houses of Moscatel and the bustling centre of Malaga, with its magnificent, Renaissance architecture. There is also the possibility of traveling to a typical Andalusian white mountain village to paint for the entire day (students who choose not to attend the mountain course may take the day off, painting or exploring Malaga and its environs). In case of colder wetter we can work on the sunny terrazza of Hotel Domus on a stil-life or a model.
The workshop begins every day at ten o'clock and continues until two o'clock in the afternoon, with a short break in between. We start every lesson with an overview of the daily schedule and a little bit of theory. Students then go on to work individually, with the teacher helping each student in his or her own creative process. We close the lesson with a collective discussion and evaluation of the work produced that day, so that we can all learn from, and with, each other.
For a change of scenery and inspiration, there is the additional possibility to go, mid-week, to an authentic "White Mountain" village in the centre of Andalucía. This trip lasts all day, and we will travel to the mountains by car. In the afternoon, students can enjoy an organic lunch that will be provided by a local restaurant. The intensive, day-long trip will provide an opportunity for dedicated students to deepen their creativity and painting technique, under the guidance of the instructor. The cost for this unique trip is 65, - Euro, inclusive of lunch and transportation.
People who choose not to go are free to organize the day as they wish. They may decide to stay in Malaga and paint, in prior consultation with the teacher (where their work will be evaluated the following day), or they may decide to go on a day-trip, relax or go sight-seeing.
The course is suitable for beginners as well as experienced painters. For each student, there is ample space to grow as an artist, express inner creativity and develop a personal style – be it realistic, abstract, impressionist, or expressionist. Materials used in the course are free, with the exception of personal painting supplies (paints and brushes, see section on "Materials," below) although some basic acrylic paint will be provided. Beginners are advised to work with acrylic paint, for its versatility.
Given the small size of the group, there will be plenty of opportunities for personal guidance. Using the natural environment as our inspiration, the teacher will help each student develop his or her own creative process and practice. Each day the teacher will give specific assignments for each level or individual.
Beginners will be guided primarily by visual aspects such as light, form, color, composition, and the use of diverse painting materials, all of which will culminate in an original work by each artist at the end of the day. Experienced painters will further develop and refine their technique and creativity, in close consultation with the instructor.
"This painting-holiday in Malaga with Natalia I strongly recommend! Fine hotel, painting on the beach and inspiring teaching. I enjoyed Natalia's spontaneous and fresh way of teaching, with attention to the basic techniques. Learned a lot this week in a relaxed friendly and beautiful environment."
Setine van der Noordaa
"What a super week we had in Andalusia, combining creativity but also relaxing in a beautiful setting and at the stunning Villa Lorena, where there was a very welcoming atmosphere. The course gives you a sense of freedom that is very inspiring and worked well for me. In a week's time, you get to have the right tools to suit your own level, and the workshop gives you the motivation to return home and continue the work from there."
"In the painting course I discovered a very different way of looking at landscapes and art. It really enriched my world."
"It was a super fun painting week. The hotel that was part of the course was also very good. We received a super friendly welcome. Fine place to stay. Various paintings were done. Supervision by Natalia was very pleasant. Moreover, she has a lot of patience. We started with some theory, and then painting. Lovely surroundings. The climate there also helps. There was still enough time left for more painting or other fun things to do. I can recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy a creative week."
Brigitte van Eijden
During this workshop, you will be assisted by visual artist and teacher Natalia Romero. Natalia was born on the Spanish island of Mallorca and grew up in the Netherlands in a Spanish / Indonesian family. After training in the field of Creative Education, she went on to complete art school in Amsterdam and later graduated from the School of the Arts, Utrecht, with first class honors. During her studies, she also studied at the Pratt Institute, a renowned art academy in New York City. She has taught several courses in painting, some of which include the Creative Group Weesp, the BSO, with youth at the KidsClub and various high schools in the Netherlands, in addition to leading a weekly life/figure drawing and painting atelier in Amsterdam, at her own studio. Natalia is both a realistic and abstract artist. While primarily a painter, she works in several different artistic fields, such as drawing, photography and film, pottery, and arts and crafts. For more information, see www.nataliaromero.nl
"For me, relaxation and creativity are essential elements in life that are connected to one another. While painting, you are not simply processing information and developing your skills as an artist, but also being creative – which means discovering peace, reflection - maybe even euphoria, and just "letting go" of everything. This feeling of letting go often offers important insights into your own artistic work but also your life in general. It is this last element that I want to focus on in the course: enjoying the fine and beautiful surroundings while making art and letting the creative juices flow, so that you go home equipped with new skills, passion and a burst of creative energy." (Natalia Romero)
"Painting in Andalucía" takes place in a beautiful setting, nestled between the outskirts of Malaga and the stunning Mediterranean Sea. After painting, students can enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea or a cocktail at one of the beachside restaurants or cafes. As a student, you will be staying at the elegant "Hotel Villa Lorena," located in one of the most beautiful areas of Malaga, El Limonar, which is run by a friendly Dutch couple. For more information about Villa Lorena and pictures, see: www.villalorenamalaga.com.
At the stunning, castle-like Villa Lorena, your hosts will be very attentive to every detail. Each guest may use a bicycle, which is ideal for moving around the city. Jeroen en Frens can give you plenty of advice about where to go for sight-seeing and other excursions. Villa Lorena is ultimately perfect for couples.
Hotel Domus is happy to invite you to Pedregalejo, the best tasting area of Malaga. Located near the old fishermen district, Pedregalejo is now a fashionable area to go out for lunch, enjoy a drink or its beaches.
The hotel is just a few minutes from downtown and all its offer. Sleep in a house from the early twentieth century, that is fully renovated. Hotel Domus offers bright rooms, decorated with a modern flair that is ensured to make you feel very comfortable. This accommodation is perfect for singles for the individual rooms or double rooms for single use. For more information about Hotel Domus and pictures, see: www.hoteldomus.es.
Because of the central point of both locations we offer you a lot of freedom, culture and entertainment at the end of the workshop. These might include the renowned museums of Malaga, such as the excellent Picasso- and Teyssen museum, as well as good shopping locales and, of course, the best places to go enjoy delicious tapas and wine. For those who prefer to escape the city, walking or biking by the sea is a great way to unwind after a long day’s work.
Additionally, we will give you advice about where to go for nice day trips, so that you can explore the region of Andalucía. Even outside of the workshop hours, there will be plenty of time to visit other towns or mountainvillages.
By bike, you are 15 minutes away from the bustling center of Malaga and 10 minutes away from the sea and the lovely town of Pedrejalego, a typical Spanish village consisting of a number of small bays and a large boulevard with several restaurants and bars. Especially on the weekends, many local Spaniards come here, together with their families or friends, to enjoy tapas, paella, good company and wine - and of course the sun and the beach. Picturesque and calm, Pedrejalego is a great place to grab lunch or dinner, and close to many of the areas in which we will be painting.
There is also a good restaurant around the corner from the Villa Lorena, where you can enjoy Spanish cuisine at a very reasonable price. Fine dining in Malaga is endless, and your hosts at Villa Lorena can recommend several great spots. The region of Andalusia is, for lack of a better word, enrapturing. From the beautiful and charming towns of Granada, Cordoba and Seville, to the idyllic villages of Frigiliana, you might even wish to extend your holiday following the workshop – in which case it is advisable to rent a car.
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**Note: We are looking for two people who would be willing to drive on our trip to the White Mountain village. If you are willing to do so, would you please include it in your email?
If you are interested in this relaxed, creative holiday, then we hope to see you at Villa Lorena this year! For registration, questions or any other matters, you can contact the instructor of the course, Natalia Romero, at: or by telephone, at: +31(0)6-52073761.
Please sign up early to reserve a space, given the limited number of participants in the course (the maximum for one workshop is 10, strictly) and the thriving Villa Lorena, which receives a large influx of guests throughout the year.
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